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October 18th, 2012

Patsy Marie Eady

October 18, 2012

Patsy Marie Eady, 75, of Benton passed away on Monday, Oct. 8. She was born in Knox City, Texas, on Dec. 16, 1936.
She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and was retired from St Vincent Infirmary, where she spent several years as catering coordinator.
Patsy loved to volunteer and was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi. Patsy will always be remembered for her fun spirit and as a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Mildred Smith of Abilene, Texas.

October 16th

Candidates share concerns at forum: Additional contenders to speak in rally tonight at Royal Theatre

October 16, 2012

Candidates for positions on the Benton City Council shared their views on issues facing the city in a political forum jointly sponsored by The Saline Courier and YCAT, the local community access television channel.
Dennis Byrd, chief of the Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock, was moderator for the event held Monday night at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton. Byrd, a Benton resident, is a former editor of The Saline Courier.
An additional forum featuring Bryant City Council candidates and candidates for Saline County offices will be taking place at 6:30 tonight at the Benton theater.

Bauxite police chief to resign Oct. 31

October 16, 2012

Bauxite Police Chief Ron Parsons announced during a Monday City Council meeting that he will resign on Oct. 31.
Parson said the decision is for personal reasons. He also recommended to the council that Lt. Jamie Barlow be considered for the chief's position.
"I feel that since my time here there has been a lot of improvement in the department," Parsons said. "We don't get complaints, we just don't."
Parsons did not list specific reasons for resigning, but Mayor Johnny McMahan mentioned that the chief is also a full-time detective for the Saline County Sheriff's Office.

October 15th

Local retirement home grants 'bucket list' wishes

October 15, 2012

Buster Holloway, 82, held on tight to the railing as he lowered himself into the 3-foot whirlpool at Bishop Park in Bryant, with help from staff member Luke Neel.
"You are a lifeguard, right?" Holloway asked.
Holloway ventured into the water for the first time in more than 10 years but quickly gained confidence and moved to the 5-foot section of the pool. Before long, he was lunging through the water on his own, as Neel attempted to keep up.
"You swim like a fish," Neel said.

Southern Trace expands services, maintains high care standards

October 15, 2012

Southern Trace Rehabilitation Center, located at 22515 Highway South in Bryant, is not the average nursing home.
Guests walking in might feel they are entering a hotel. Although creating a beautiful atmosphere is important to the staff, the care of the people inside takes priority.
“First and foremost, we want to provide quality care,” said Nancy Brown, executive director of Southern Trace. “But we also want to promote independence and make sure the residents have choices and those choices are met.”
The Southern Trace staff aims to take out the institution element of nursing homes.

October 11th

John Burr

October 11, 2012

John Burr, 67, passed away on Oct. 10, in Benton. John was born on Sept. 22, 1945, in Pine Bluff.
John was a member of First Baptist Church in Little Rock. He was employed as a welder.
He was preceded in death by his father, Travis Burr; brother, Danny Burr; and sister, Ana Calkins.
John is survived by his mother, Modell Burr of Benton; two sons, Jeff Burr of Benton and Shawn Burr of Little Rock; one daughter, Katy Burr Lewis of Benton; one close cousin, Ronnie Womack of Pine Bluff; and many friends and other family members who will miss him greatly.

Louise White Councille

October 11, 2012

Louise White Councille, formerly of Warren, died peacefully Tuesday, Oct.

Irvin Clayton Hass

October 11, 2012

Irvin Clayton Hass, 89, of Benton died Monday, Oct. 8, in Benton.
He was born March 16, 1923, in Story to the late Alvin and Mattie Leora Smith Pentey.
He is survived by his sons, Clinton Hass and Clayton Hass, both of California; a daughter, Vicki Lynn Applegate of Benton; a sister, Alma Mabry of Malvern; eight grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Ashby Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Wright officiating. Burial will follow at Reed Cemetery in Story.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the funeral home.

Helen Marie Moore

October 11, 2012

Helen Marie Moore, 83, of Benton died Monday, Oct. 8, in Benton. She was born July 13, 1929, in Little Rock. Helen was a retired factory worker and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Arthur and Ruby McClain Martin; her husband, Ervin Moore; a son, Joe Banister; a brother; and four sisters.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Nancy Banister of Benton; three grandchildren, Billy Ammons, Jennifer Coleman and Rachel Banister; and three great-grandchildren.

October 10th

Momentum turns Lady Panthers' way for sweep

October 10, 2012

The Benton Lady Panthers were down 24-16 to the Texarkana Lady Razorbacks in the first set of their match Tuesday night in 7A/6A South conference play at Benton Arena. The Lady Panthers would not lose the first set scoring the last 10 points of the match to win it 26-24 and propel them to a 3-0 sweep of Texarkana. After the first set, the Lady Panthers used their momentum to take the next two 25-15 and 25-19.
"That's the crazy thing about volleyball, the momentum can switch just like that," Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said snapping her fingers.

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